Catharine Young's posts related to Developmental Disabilities

Senate Gives Final Passage to Bill to Protect OPWDD from Funding Cuts

ALBANY - The New York State Senate recently gave final passage to legislation (S4777D), co-sponsored by Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I- Olean), that would protect providers of services for people with disabilities from devastating state funding cuts.

The legislation would appropriate up to $90 million, or as much as is needed, to the Office for People with Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD) to protect providers from funding reductions if recommended savings measures fall short of projections.

“This victory was hard fought, but well worth the battle. We must stand up for the state’s most vulnerable citizens. The Senate was able to restore some of the cuts in the state budget, and remained persistent until these vital organizations could remain fully-funded. Agencies will not be forced to cut or reduce programs that are crucial to people with disabilities,” said Senator Young.

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Senator Young Introduces Legislation to Increase Employment Opportunities for People with Developmental Disabilities

For Release: Immediate, February 27, 2014

Senate Bill 6640 Supports Integrated Work Centers for Job Seekers with Developmental Disabilities

ALBANY - Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I - Olean) has introduced legislation that will help New Yorkers with developmental disabilities to keep their current jobs while also creating important employment opportunities for future job seekers.

Recent federal and state announcements have revealed that sheltered workshops employing individuals with developmental disabilities, as they now exist, will close. Senator Young’s bill provides a means for these sheltered workshops to transition into qualified employment centers that can continue to employ people with developmental disabilities, while also providing tax incentives to encourage additional employment.

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Senator Young Passes Bill to Improve Transportation for People with Developmental Disabilities

For Release: Immediate, June 20, 2014

Senate Bill 7798 Would Assist Developmentally Disabled Individuals in Rural Areas

ALBANY - Transportation for people with developmental disabilities can be a difficult challenge, especially in rural areas. Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I,-Olean) has announced the state Senate’s passage of legislation to improve the transportation services available.

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Senator Young Presented with NYS Rehabilitiation Association's Public Official of the Year Award

For Release: Immediate, September 23, 2014

            Senator Young was deeply honored to accept this year’s “Public Official of the Year Award” from the New York State Rehabilitation Association (NYSRA).

            NYSRA represents 90 not-for-profit human service organizations and advocates throughout New York State who dedicate themselves to providing quality services to individuals with disabilities.

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Senator Young Honored with Community Action Award from The Resource Center and TRC Foundation

For Release: Immediate, December 5, 2014

Senator Cathy Young was given the great honor of receiving the annual “Community Action Award” from The Resource Center and TRC Foundation in a special presentation held at their Dunkirk location yesterday afternoon.

“To be presented with this award from The Resource Center and TRC Foundation is an honor that I truly and profoundly appreciate. They do wonderful work serving our communities and providing the care and services that people with disabilities need and deserve. The real recognition goes to everyone at The Resource Center and TRC Foundation who work every day to help and support them,” said Senator Young.

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Senator Young Introduces Legislation Protecting Employment Opportunities for People with Developmental Disabilities

ALBANY – Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I-Olean), Chair of the Legislative Commission on Rural Resources, is fighting to save sheltered workshops as an employment choice for people with disabilities.

Senator Young, who has introduced Senate Bill 3893-A, says the issue is personal to her.

“For 15 years before I was elected to state office, I worked at the ReHabilitation Center in Cattaraugus County where I saw people with disabilities thrive at the agency’s workshop, SubCon Industries. They had a deep sense of pride and self worth from working, and they loved earning a paycheck,” said Senator Young.

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March 25, 2015 - Your Voice with Senator Catharine Young

Along with an update on the on-going State Budget process, Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I- Olean) discusses her efforts to protect employment opportunities for people with developmental disabilities, the recent expansion of the rural dentistry program and a local resident who recently celebrated his 100th birthday on this week’s edition of “Your Voice.”

 

State Budget Includes Transition Planning for Individuals with Disabilities who Work in Sheltered Workshops

ALBANY – For individuals with developmental disabilities, the challenges inherent in moving from a sheltered workshop to community employment are quite daunting. To address this issue, Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I-Olean), Chair of the Legislative Commission on Rural Resources, included an initiative in the state budget to develop a detailed transition plan for these individuals.

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Senator Young Announces Study to Address Public Transportation Shortages for Individuals with Developmental Disabilities

ALBANY – Much-needed public transportation is scarce in rural areas, but Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I-Olean), Chair of the Legislative Commission on Rural Resources, is taking action to address this shortage in New York State.

“Due to the lack of comprehensive public transportation systems in Upstate New York, many service providers have established their own transportation systems to meet the needs of the individuals they serve. However, there is tremendous opportunity to improve the efficiency, reach, and cost effectiveness of these systems by coordinating with other organizations that have their own transportation needs,” said Senator Young.

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